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22.96 lbs Win the 1st Tournament on the Baskin's Wrangler Angler Tournament Trail by Stephanie Wilkerson

Saturday October 20, 2001 Twin Dikes Marina..... Sam Rayburn, TX

Light and variable winds with clear water condition and of what a beautiful day for the 172 teamed anglers who came out to fish the 1st tournament of the Baskin's Wrangler Angler Tournament trail. This is a new tournament

trail circuit promises to pay back 100% to the winners as well as $5000.00 to the top angler of the year. All of the anglers really enjoyed the day and was as well pleased with the promising paybacks that this tournament has to offer to those who come out and enjoy what they do best. This tournament would not be successful without the team members who help put this together: Wayne,Elaine,and Wayne Jr. Lewis, Steve and Kim McLaurin, Greg, Nicholas, and Zack Baskins all of Livingston, Texas. These guys are working really hard to bring this tournament to the area lakes and would like to thank the following sponsors: Baskin Department Stores, Justin Boots,Wrangler rugged wear,Pepsi, Texas Burger, Brookshire Brothers, Holiday Inn Express, La Crosse Foot gear, and Pincrest Ford in Livingston, Texas.

Nine places were paid during this tournament. They also paid big bucks for the 2 top big bass for the tournament which totaled to $850.00, and last but not least 5 teams that fished the tournament got their entry fee back which was $150.00. This came to a grand total of $13,750.00 paid back over all.

1st place 5 bass 22.96 lbs. $2,750.00-----Dickey Newberry and John Gunnels of Kingwood, Texas placed their Skeeter/Yamaha bass rig over mid lake using Falcon Rods and Shimano Reels spooled with 65 lb Berkley Whip Lash working jigs that were black, blue and camo colors. Dickey explained to me that they caught most of their fish in about 12 ft of water focusing mainly on grass points. Dickey also captured the Big Bass of the day weighing in at 7.96 lbs. to put and extra $510.00 in his

pocket. He stated that he caught his 'kicker" on a Falcon rod / Shimano reel using a camo jig down south in grass points.

2nd place 5 bass 19.98 lbs. $2100.00---Travis Ballard and Donald Randall of Nacogdoches, Tx positioned their Allison/Johnson bass rig to work Ambassador rod and reels spooled with 20 lbs Berkley Big Game working mostly crankbaits to reel in their winning fish. Travis stated that they fished mainly up in the north part of the lake in about 10 ft of water in the river bends and the grass points. Most of their fish that they caught were mainly caught around 9:00 am.

3rd place 5 bass 15.45 lbs. $1800.00---The local team of Bill Guillory and Chris McCall of Jasper, Tx placed their Ranger/Mercury bass boat over the south end of the lake to work their Castaway and Falcon rods with Shimano reels spooled with 16 lb Triple Fish and 15 lbs Berkley Big Game line. This team use mainly crankbaits and white spinner baits to capture their winning bass. Bill stated to me that most of their fish were caught in the morning hours focusing mainly on grass points.

2nd Big Bass of the day went to Jeremy Strong of Livingston, TX weighing in at 6.93 lbs and put an extra $340.00 in his pocket. Jeremy explained to me that he caught his winning bass on a Cyclone jig in about 10 ft of water.

The next tournament in this trail will be held February 16, 2002 on Lake Conroe. Registration will begin on Feb. 15 at the Baskin's Department Store in Conroe. For more information on this new and upcoming trail and for all of the dates on the up coming tournaments just give Wayne Lewis or Steve McLaurin a call at 936-967-FISH. The entry fee for all the tournaments is $150.00. So come on out and give this new tournament trail a try!!!

Jeremy Strong from Livingston-- 2nd big bass
3rd place team
Big Bass-7.96 lbs Dickey Newberry
Dickey Newberry--- 1st place

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